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Susan Shannon Susan Shannon 

Senior GRIP Facilitator and subject matter expert. 

Susan Shannon, M. Div. has been involved with the GRIP program since its inception. Her background and training has been focused on program development for marginalized populations that provides emotional and spiritual support along the path of transformation and reintegration, utilizing the principles of Restorative Justice and Emotional Literacy. Susan has worked with diverse groups including refugee, monastic and homeless populations. She is currently involved with several groups within the walls of San Quentin State Prison, as well as working with youth in Marin County.


Jesse Estrin Jesse Estrin

Senior GRIP Facilitator and subject matter expert. 

Jesse Estrin, MA in Depth Psych. is a lead facilitator for Insight-Out's GRIP program in San Quentin, and brings his skills as a therapist and group facilitator to the classroom to create a safe environment for healing and transformation. He is continually inspired and amazed by the courage and power of individuals transforming themselves from violent offenders into change agents and Peace Makers. He is also working as a therapist in a community mental health clinic in San Francisco, accruing hours towards his MFT license. On a larger scale he is passionate about reclaiming meaning and interiority in a post-modern culture and fostering  conversations between emerging leaders in social justice, depth psychology, religion, and spirituality. Jesse has a Masters in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies and as well as a Masters in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Richard Poma Richard Poma 

Change Agent  


 Robert "Red" Frye

Change Agent 


Veronica Balseiro Veronica Balseiro

Special Projects Consultant.

Veronica Balseiro, MA Management Leadership, brings her experience in social work and organizational development consulting to Insight-Out. As a social worker, she has served marginalized populations including abused children, battered women and their families, and homeless men and women. As an organizational development consultant, she has supported organizations in developing their infrastructure/systems, staff and management to enable striking increases in efficacy. After years of listening to the vast and diverse journeys of her clients, Veronica has developed an arm of her profession to include personal histories. She provides people and organizations with an opportunity to capture and share their legacies with their communities. Veronica supports Insight-Out with new and ongoing initiatives. 


Jacques Verduin

Founder and Director.

Jacques Verduin, MA Somatic Psychology, is a father, community organizer and a teacher. He has, since 1997, pioneered innovative in-prison rehabilitation programs in San Quentin. In 2011 he founded Insight-Out (IS0), which provides services and self-development opportunities to prisoners and challenged youth and empowers them to positively transform their predicament. Jacques has trained former prisoners to act as Change Agents in the community, working to prevent violence and incarceration. He is a subject matter expert on mindfulness, emotional intelligence and transforming violence. He has worked in prisons for 17 years and serves as a catalyst for state-wide prison reform in California. Email: Jacques


 

ADVISORS

We are so glad to have an exceptional advisory board, including

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a world-renowned author, speaker and teacher of Buddhist and mindfulness meditation. Jack serves Insight-Out as a personal and organizational consultant. Jack Kornfield's website.

 


Br. David Steindl RastBr. David Steindl Rast

Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through Gratefulness.org, an interactive website with several thousand participants daily from more than 240 countries. Br. David has brought spiritual depth into the lives of countless people whom he touches through his lectures, his workshops, and his writings. Brother David's website.


 Luis RodriguezLuis Rodriguez

As one of the leading Chicano writers in the country, Luis is best known for his memoir of gang life, “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." After spending his youth and young adult life in gangs, Luis turned away from the "Crazy Life" and dedicated himself to conscious revolutionary thinking and activity. He often addresses issues of violence, gangs, community building, the arts, and poetry, among others, in his travels. Luis' website.


Mutima Imani

Mutima Imani is an activist and social change agent with an impressive resume of serving indigent populations in the Bay Area. Her areas of expertise are in organizational development, professional and personal development, management and diversity training.

 


Kris MejiaKris Mejia

Chris Mejia is a youth representative that has been through the curriculum, has worked with core staff members and has visited the prison programs.

 

Our steering committee, in addition to founder Jacques Verduin, includes:

beth rosales Beth Rosales, Development Associate

 

bill glennWilliam D. Glenn, Organizational Development Associate

 

gil fronsdalGil Fronsdal, Strategic Planning Associate

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